Discover the true meaning of the holidays with Santa's Favorite Story.
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotThe animals find Santa asleep in the woods and wonder if Christmas is coming early or not at all. Santa assured his friends that he has just been taking a snooze after a long hike. He was getting himself in shape for the big job on Christmas Eve. Then he shares the story of the first Christmas - the birth of the Christ child, thus helping his animal friends understand the true meaning of the holiday. 1997 (orig.
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- 9.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.10(d)
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- 4 - 8 Years
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Santa's Favorite Story: Santa Tells the Story of the First Christmas based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Santa grew tired during a walk in the woods and stopped to take a nap. The woodland creatures saw him and thought Christmas was arriving early. As word spread through the forest, they excitedly gathered around sleeping Santa, waiting for him to wake up. When he did, he told them the story of the birth of Christ on the very first Christmas. After the story, the animals accompany Santa to the North Pole to help him get ready for Christmas. Santa teaches everyone about the best present of all. This book is beautifully illustrated and the wide pages make it easy for everyone to see, as they snuggle up as a family. The birth of Christ is told from the perspective of the shepherds as they follow the Star of Bethlehem. Santa’s Favorite Story is a short, cute book to share with young-ones and remind them of how Christmas came to be. Notes: This review was written for Sasee Magazine and My Sister's Books. This review was posted on the Ariesgrl Book Reviews website.
It is sad that someone is unable to make the 'bridge' from Santa's telling the story up until the stable to the very logical conclusion of who was born in Bethlehem. This is a wonderful, simple story that doesn't need to go any further. Hopefully, you have taught your children enough about the story so that they know who was there in the manger--and why. I used this book for years in my Sunday School classes (I taught pre-k through first grade) and it was a perfect springboard into deeper discussions of 'who, what, why, and how'. Every single child I ever taught knew who was in that humble stable, without the book's having to tell them. All were delighted to offer details. The story's purpose is to show that Santa certainly knows that Christmas has nothing to do with him, but everything to do with the birth of Jesus. If the scores of children I taught over the years could grasp the meaning of this story, I am shocked that an adult is left wanting more. Use your imagination, your beliefs, and encourage your children to 'fill in the blanks'. You will be proud of the depth of knowledge they possess!
After reading other reviews of this book, I expected much better. The book does not tell the first Christmas story. It has Santa telling the forest animals that a voice told the shepherds that the Christ child was born and to follow the star to the stable, which they do. That's all Santa tells these animals about the first Christmas. There is so much left unsaid and the rest of the story was only so-so for me as well. I expected more.
I bought this book ten years ago when I owned a pre school. Iloved the story because it gave the the story of baby Jesus and it was told by santa. The children loved it. I have been trying to bye this book for my neices but could not find it for years. finally the internet!! Be careful what you buy I got the minature because I didn't read the whole add. you will want the larger book so the children can enjoy the pictures. now i must return it for the larger book. don't make the same mistake . go with the large issue, so the children can see the book easily..